His Beauty by Jack Harbon
November 17, 2020, Self Published
This is a fun take on the Beauty and the Beast story we’ve all heard a million times. Yes, Isla goes to rescue her father from the evil Beast and has to stay there in his stead so he can go home. And yes, Isla talks to the servants and is reluctant to interact with the Beast aka Lowen.
However, this version is STEAMY. And Lowen stays a beast the entire time. Don’t ask me how Harbon pulls this off, because I have no idea even though I read the whole thing. Also? Isla is ready to defend what she has – at one point she fights off would-be attackers and kills them. But honestly, I was here for all of it from start to finish.
The Switch by Beth O’Leary
April 16, 2020, Quercus
I made it to about 35% of this book and I had to stop. This is decidedly *not* romance, no matter what people tell you but that’s not why I did not finish. Because I’d read Beth O’ Leary’s previous novel I made sure to look up reviews of this one because I wanted to be prepared, and I was! But, we all have our own triggers and I could not get past how much the sister dying from cancer (before this book starts) was a massive plot point. This was hammered repeatedly to the point I felt like there wasn’t a chapter that didn’t mention it and I just couldn’t deal with this much cancer talk so I had to bail.